Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today announced that
In Hollingsworth v. Perry,
In addition, in United States v. Windsor,
In both cases, the amicus briefs argue that neither states nor Congress can justify discrimination against same-sex relationships based on assertions that unequal treatment is necessary to promote “responsible procreation” and child rearing by different-sex biological parents. As the
“Having filed a ‘friend of the court’ brief in the United States Supreme Court in the 1990’s in the important civil rights case of Romer v. Evans, I am pleased that Oregon’s Department of Justice continues to play a significant legal role in a long tradition of supporting equality for all. Our position in these cases isn’t about politics or popular opinion,” Rosenblum said. “It’s about what’s right. It’s about helping to end one of the last bastions of sanctioned discrimination against our friends, our co-workers, our brothers and sisters. This is one of those moments that come along once every 20-30 years, like when the Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, Loving v. Virginia, and Romer v. Evans. These cases could change the course of civil rights and transform
Governor Kitzhaber also expressed his support saying, “When we talk about marriage equality, we’re talking about the basic equality we demand for every person – the opportunity for a good education, affordable health care, access to upward mobility and a more prosperous life.”
Oregonians in 2004 approved a constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. No
The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in these two cases on March 26 and 27, 2013.